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Cats and Dogs

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There are some delightful new additions to the wonderful collection of animals at our local (world-renowned!) Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  Fellow artists Christina and Vanessa and I took a couple of hours yesterday morning to enjoy some sunshine and sketching in the Africa section where there are lion cubs and painted dog pups on view.

It’s fascinating to me how much like my own domesticated cat and dogs these wilder versions are.  We spent much time drawing and observing the lions especially.  There are three adorable lion cubs who were hanging out with mom, ‘Imani’ and dad ‘John’ fairly close to the viewing area.

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While we drew them, they slept.


And mama kept her eyes on us.lion 5

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John did a fair amount of pacing early in our visit, but eventually settled down with his family to enjoy the cool breezes.  He is absolutely beautiful.


Just down the lane from the lions are a pack of African Painted Dogs.  They were not quite as regal and subdued as the lions were that morning.  There was much posturing and wrestling amongst the 10 puppies. dogs 2dogs 3

I did not draw these guys as much but just observed their antics.  So very dog like in their behavior; carrying sticks, stealing said sticks, chasing and playing.  So much like my own dogs.  Their markings are lovely – truly ‘painted’ with whippy white tails.  I think we will be back to see more of these creatures as they grow and change.

What have you been sketching lately?


In the groove

It’s a very brisk morning out there (it’s warmed up a bit to the current 9 degrees) and I am eternally grateful to be in charge of my own schedule.  And also eternally grateful to friends who crochet…

One on my lap, one round my shoulders as I sit here and work.  Woven love.  Nothing like it!!

I’ve taken today off from my job-work to pull together some art-work for an upcoming show at UC Clermont’s lovely gallery space called Nature in Art. (opening March 6 from 4-5pm, if you are local)  My good friend Bruno Zabaglio (awesome website HERE) is curating this show and I am honored and excited to be a part of it.  It’s been quite awhile since I have shown any new work and the majority of it won’t be finished until just before the show but I am for once not in a total panic about getting finished in time.  Which is nice.  The ideas barely began to flow in time, but now that they are flowing… well, work begets work.  So it’s down to measuring, and committing to specific works to be included, and then of course back to late night painting.  Which I love.  (no pics quite yet…. but soon….)

All of this in between the Job-Work which looks a bit like this (only cooler): How Concertina’s Are Made and this: A Day in the life of Frisch Marionettes (only more exhausting)….

And of course the sketch-work, which looks a bit like…..

So I am up to 22 days in my #Draw2013 sketch everyday project and it’s going well.  Work DOES beget work.  In spite of falling temperatures, I stopped at the zoo on my way home from job-work yesterday and spent some time with a few of the animals on display there.  There was  a hearty little group of birds (and their keepers!) called Keas who were actually outside greeting visitors.  I sketched them a bit as they attempted to nibble my earring and the buttons on my boots.  I absolutely love these guys and their intrepid, curious, quirky personalities.

But it was too cold to stay out drawing too very long and so it was time to head indoors and visit those animals.  The bird house was exceptionally warm and comfy and Linda and I spent much time there drawing the various wild species there.

After the bird house, a quick stop at the Jungle Trails exhibit to catch some primates in action.

and in action they were!!  The Coquerel’s Sifakas were hard to capture on paper.  Mama and Dad were busy with their now adolescent youngster who was always moving.  Oh, how I remember those days….

And so I will leave you now with these little doodles, as I go off to work with the deeper work.  But the doodles are important.  They are keeping me in practice for the Taos trip which is coming around the bend.  We already have a nice crew of participants who will begin getting to know each other online in preparation for the workshop.  We have folks from Cincinnati, of course, but also from as far flung as Florida and California.  Won’t you join us?  It’s as simple as keeping your eyes wide open and learning to capture what you see and feel into a beautiful travel journal.  This is something ANYONE can do.  If you can sign your name, you can draw!! More info HERE: TAOS Travel-Journal WORKSHOP June 2013

Do feel free to contact me personally with any questions…